This evening, the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies will face each other in the Camping World Independence Bowl. The game will kick off at 5:45 PM on ESPN from Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
Both teams come into this game with 6-6 records. But while they have equal marks, it’ll be the final game of the historic coaching career of Frank Beamer.
The long-time Virginia Tech head coach announced his retirement in November. Tomorrow, he’ll officially be replaced by Justin Fuente, the team’s new head coach.
The Golden Hurricanes ruin Beamer’s final game with a 27-23 win over the Hokies. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.
Tulsa led with 32:31 in time of possession compared to Virginia Tech’s 27:29. They also had 492 yards and the Hokies mustered 405 yards.
Michael Brewer went 16-of-35 for a 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his final game with the Hokies. His counterpart, Dane Evans went 25-of-42 for 413 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
Zack Langer led the Golden Hurricanes with 52 rushing yards and a touchdown. D’Angelo Brewer had 21-yards and a touchdown. Evans added 9-yards and Ramadi Warren had -3-yards.
Keyarris Garrett led them with a 140-yards and Joshua Atkinson had 126-yards and a touchdown. Brewer had 79-yards, while Conner Floyd added 42-yards. Mandel Dixon added 21-yards and Langer had five-yards.
The Hokies were led in rushing by Travon Williams, who had 119-yards and a touchdown. Trey Edmunds added 54-yards and Sam Rogers had 22-yards. Brewer had 11-yards.
Isaiah Ford had 80 receiving yards and a touchdown. Ryan Malleck added 44-yards and Rogers contributed 40-yards. Cam Phillips added 26-yards and McMillian had nine-yards.
Both teams had key plays on the defensive side of the ball. Tulsa had an interception by Kerwin Thomas and a sack by Kolton Shindelar.
Greg Stronan had two interceptions for the Hokies. Adonis Alexander also had an interception, while Andrew Motuapuaka and Dahman McKinnon had a sack each.
Virginia Tech received the ball first in overtime and Joey Slye kicked a 19-yard field goal for a 23-20 lead. The Golden Hurricanes would end the game with a Langer 15-yard run for the 27-23 game-winning play.
Both teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter. Golden Hurricanes kicker Redford Jones made a 43-yard field goal for the 20-17 lead.
Slye made a 47-yarder to tie the game at 20 each.
Jones had a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter for a 17-10 lead. McMillian scored on a 28-yard run to make it 17 each.
Brewer gave Tulsa a 14-7lead on a two-yard run. Slye cut the lead to 14-10 lead with a 25-yard field goal.
Each team had a touchdown in the first quarter. Ford scored on a five-yard touchdown reception for the early 7-0 lead.
Atkinson answered with a 48-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7 each.
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